by: Jay VerHoven
In the summer of '96 I went and checked out Pantera, White Zombie, Deftones, and Eye Hate God. I drank a little too much that day. I was running a little late, Eye Hate God was just finishing up their set. Then the Deftones came out and started to jam. I never heard of the Deftones, right away they got my attention. Deftones played everything off their first album, Adrenaline, which is now one of my favorite albums. They just tore up the stage like Korn does and I always wanted to see the Deftones again.
So April 30, 1998 a Thursday night at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, Michigan the Deftones came to town. The opening band was Tinfed, the crowd never got into their music. Tinfed had the same rhythm throughout each song, you couldn't tell when a song ended and when a song began. The fans were becoming restless with the band.
Half an hour later the Deftones came out and started the concert with the song "Bored." It turned out to be a whole new concert. You couldn't stand in one place on the floor, because of their energy they were releasing up on stage. In the front there was crowd surfing and Chino, the singer, jumped out into the crowed and started to crowd surf, still singing to the music. All in all I would have to say, I'll never miss the Deftones when they come around again . They're one of the best bands I've ever seen in concert.
by: Rich VanTil
Went and saw Pro-Pain at the Intersection, a bar in Grand Rapids, MI on Monday night. What a show! First of all the ticket said 8:00 and we showed up about 8:45 so we thought we missed the first band, Pudgy Chuck, but they didn't go on stage until 10:00. By that time I had already consumed enough beer to be having a good time and Pudgy Chuck kept it going. I was very impressed with their set. They had some nice heavy rhythms and some kick ass vocals.
Pissing Razors came on next and kept the intensity going. The speed metal band played a 6 song set that really got me going. I will definitely have to check out one of the bands albums. I also met the lead singer after their set and that was pretty cool.
When Pro-Pain hit the stage all hell broke loose. The crowd was totally nuts and Pro-Pain didn't let up the entire show. The Intersection is kinda small, only about 125 people with maybe 50 on the floor, but it felt more like a 1000. I was really impressed with Pro Pain, but especially guitarist Rob Morchetti. There is no barricade between you and the stage so you're right there and he ripped it up the whole concert. Afterwards I got to meet Rob, that was really cool.
All 3 bands are very good and Pro-Pain kicked ass. That was the first time I had the opportunity to see them and definitely plan on going again. The band said they would be back on tour this fall and plan to come back to the same place again. I'm there!
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